Yes indeed, it's like this is a proper media company. Or not. Anyway, links to the things I throw up across the spectrum of social media are all here and what you can expect from them is an 'alternative' electrical channel with, I'm told, a cult following. At least, I think that's the four-letter C-word they were shouting, but my hearing isn't what it once was and the angry looking guys doing the yelling were some distance away.

 

  youtube   Ah, YouTube; the primary platform for my spouting of nonsense. I'd prefer you to view my videos on here and preferably without an ad-blocker as it's nice to get some beer money for the effort, but I quite understand that the viewing experience of YouTube is... well... awful these days. So, I give you LBRY...  
         
  LBRY    ... where all my garbage is duplicated advert free within a couple of hours of it appearing on YT. This is a new(ish) platform, so if it's of use to you then I invite you to kindly show your support of it by subscribing.  
         
  twitter   Twitter is one of those things that can angry up the blood with all the morons/celebs airing their ill-informed opinions, nonetheless I still like it as a quick fire-and-forget means to air a rant in order to get something off the ol' tits.  
         
  Instagram   I've no idea why Instagram is so popular. I don't check in very often, it's awful.  
         
  LinkedIn   Don't bother.  

 

Buying me a coffee... or similar...

If the content I've spouted out has been of use and you fancy slinging a flavoured latte or a pink gin my way, then what luck as I've now got an account on buymeacoffee.com! There's an optional comments field too, so if instead you rather think I'm quite the asshole, you can say so... as long as you're buying me a coffee while you do it.

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Sponsorship policy

I'm not after any. Seriously. I'm happy to engage with anyone and if I like something, well that's super duper. If I don't, then that's unfortunate, but any products I show or companies I plug are done so based on my experiences. I'm not an 'influencer' and I'll never ask anybody for free stuff in exchange for promo's/follows/likes etc., there are polite channels who sell themselves out for that. If a company does want to engage or to even cover the cost of making a video, related to their wares or not, in exchange for a quick promotional plug, then I'm open to that under the proviso that I won't comporomise on content or presentation, nor will I pretend to like or use their products if I don't already do so.

 

YouTube advertising policy

Oh God, isn't it dreadful? Don't you feel completely rinsed by YouTube and those bastards at Google? You can't casually dip into anything on YT these days without adverts being slung at you like shit in a monkey cage. My own viewership of content on YT has decreased since their advertising policy change in late July, and as a creator I feel less obliged to bother making content. As above, I still prefer you to watch my drivel on YT, and without an ad-blocker so that I get some spare change to keep me in booze and peanuts and to make the effort seem worthwhile. I have resisted the awful mid-roll ads despite the damage that does to the promotion of the DSES channel on that platform, but recent production costs are forcing them to creep into some content to help cover the expenses. Some advertising is outside of my own control, usually because I used a snippet of music that means Google and a third-party record company whore it out for commercials and grab 100% of the cash between them. If you want to avoid the ads, simply use the LBRY platform linked in the footer of this page.

 

Foul language policy

My content is my own, and for the first time in my career I have to answer to nobody. I have no boss to report to, no HR department to tick me off because I made the girl in Accounts cry and I've a big enough and loyal enough customer base, along with a solid reputation, that places me in a unique position to present my content how I choose... and I choose to do so with profanity. In previous jobs, I've received numerous warnings for how I presented myself verbally or in the written form (emails or Post-It Notes stuck to someone's back usually), and I get regular feedback that it's not always appreciated and my potty mouth holds my channels back. I understand that, but nonetheless it's my choice to express myself in my way on this website and on my social media output now that nobody has the authority to censor it. You won't find me asking anyone to like or subscribe to my nonsense in any video, so those who turn up uninvited and take a distaste to what they hear can jolly well take it or leave it, but I won't entertain any complaints. There are a plethora of polite channels to choose from across all platforms. My output is different. Hey, twenty years from now when I'm either out of the game, dead or the machines/cats have taken over, nobody's going to remember or care about any of this anyway.

 

Answering questions policy

I receive queries out of the blue across all platforms; several per week (sometimes per day) asking anything from technical questions to advice on how to get started or change career into this industry. While it's flattering to be considered a font of knowledge, please bear in mind two points. Firstly, I'm an expert on only one thing: how David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. got to where it is today, and where it is today is that it scratches out a living for me and Nigel. We're not rich, we're not famous and we're not a multinational wonder story. Secondly, being an electrician is very much the actual day job with the working week sucked up on the tools and most evenings/weekends spent on writing estimates, invoices, certificates and placing material orders. Any spare time after that may see another video poo'd out about something relevant that I figure might be of interest to others. I originally used to tailor responses to questions back when they popped up only occasionally, but I often found my missives went unacknowledged despite perhaps me having spent an hour or more of my evening carefully crafting something relevant. A simple "cheers mate!" works wonders but was too often omitted. Recently, more queries have come in than I can possibly attend to, so don't take it personally if yours goes unanswered; I can't even find the time to address the work requests coming in at the time of writing, let alone dole out advice like I'm some kind of industry or business expert. Which I'm not. As far as the former is concerned, I know enough about (mainly domestic) electrical installations to be able to perform a reasonable enough job at a reasonable enough price and earn myself a happy customer. As for the latter, all I can advise is that if retraining, don't be suckered in by the sales claims of short course providers of your being 'industry ready' if you pay to pass through their classroom. Your success depends on your technical background, keenness to learn, practical ability, your confidence and personal circumstances. A lot of people find that when they finish the short courses, they walk out wide-eyed and blinking, surrounded by many others all looking for the promised well-paid work in the industry which just isn't there. Established electricians have a pool of people to choose from if they want to take someone on (it's a buyers market). Big firms won't be interested if you haven't any experience and a gold card. Personally, I had a few advantages to my retraining including relevancy of background, a passion for learning the subject outside of and independently of the classroom, prior experience of toolwork and, perhaps rather uniquely and significantly, a fat redundancy package, a wage coming in from the wife and no rent/mortgage to worry about because of unrelated personal circumstances. That financial cushion saw me get past the first eighteen months it took to get this business off the ground and into a sustainable place. It's that bit most people don't have. If you're thinking of going it alone, it takes time to build a reputation; the phone won't strart ringing overnight. All that said, I'm not trying to put anyone off. If this way of life is your dream, you have to apply your own circumstances and skillsets for it to become a reality. Handing money over to a course provider in excahnge for classroom time will only get you so far.

 

What's all this .tv nonsense?

Nigel and I are on the tools day-to-day and will continue to be until his nicotine addiction and my alcohol abuse result in our combined inability to hack the physical work any longer. Maybe then we'll be open to taking cash bungs to promote things we pretend to like, but until we can't negotiate a flight of stairs while carrying a toolbox in one hand and a Greggs steak bake in the other, we remain very much the street sparkies just like most of our audience. No further plans or ambitions. We're of the 'work hard until you keel over' mindset and not the one where people believe they can make a living from doing stupid dances on TikTok/Instagram/[insert-new-flavour-of-the-month-app-here]. Video content is for vlogging purposes and is not a step towards a career change or anything.

 

Are you trying to be some kind of media mogul with your twatty new microphone?

No. Well... maybe just a little bit.

 

Will you both appear naked in the centrefold of a ladies' porn magazine for fifty quid?

Pshaw! I'm so sick of this question. Tell you what, chuck in a packet of Superkings for Nige and a bottle of filthy Aldi own-brand Scotch for me and we're in.

 

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